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Check them out: Goto to reputable web sites : example: consumerlab. Com and type in the supplement or product. They study many products purity and claims. ...Read more
Safe, no scam but...:
Carivora is a pure extract of the Venus Fly Trap plant.
It's very safe/non-toxic. There's little research on this product but it has at least 17 phytochemicals that have proven benefits individually. It's marketed as antimicorbial, anti-inflammatory and an immune modulator. Some evidence supports this. While Ronald Reagan did use it to treat colon cancer that is NOT proof it helped him!
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What about these hot belts like saunna belts that they say you put them around your waste and you loose fat they are real or just scam?
SCAM!!!: Use of belt, whether hot or cold, will not cause you to lose any more fat than if you didn't wear said belt. But they're a great way to separate you from your money. Better to pay attention to eating healthy foods & exercising regularly. Heck, maybe play Pokemon Go but do be careful you don't injure yourself while walking around! ...Read more
Where should I look for affordable health insurance for me and my wife? She has several health problems. Seems everyone is too expensive or a scam!
It may as well be: A "scam" is a swindle: A dishonest way to make money by deceit. Reflexology isn't a scam because its practitioners generally aren't crooked, just stupid, ignorant, deluded & gullible; & so are their customers. Reflexology is pseudoscientific claptrap. I love foot massages, but I don't delude myself that I get anything more out of them than pleasurable sensations. ...Read more
Yes: "toxins" is a word that is overused. Pesticides, mercury, lead, antibiotics, etc can all be taken in in the diet and are difficult to remove. Best to not take them in. Then there are the imaginary toxins that companies scare you with so you will buy their expensive detox product -- these are fake. Don't buy it! eat healthy, stay hydrated. Avoid constipation and your body will do the rest. ...Read more
It's your money: This is diet-and-exercise along with electric muscle stimulation which as a sometime low-level bodybuilder I've used and found effective, and a hefty price tag. You can do this yourself much cheaper with an ems unit from a muscle magazine; get with your phyiscian to be sure it's safe for you. ...Read more
No scam: Hypnosis may work for certain issues like recalling memories that may be too traumatic for the conscious mind to want to recollect. The fact is that one has to be able to release themselves to the person who is guiding them through the hypnosis. If one cannot do that, then it is difficult to be hypnotized. There is a great deal of evidence that supports hypnosis also. ...Read more
Interconnected world: We can not ignore health issues in other countries. With rapid air transit organisms can easily be transmitted and the maintainence of controls on health problems elsewhere does have an impact on everyone. These are generally not scams although some "charities" claiming an interest in global health are in fact scams. ...Read more
Wholesale Bath Salts: The web site (herbalresearch-chemicals. Com) sells "bath salts" -- which is a street name for designer drugs that often have stimulant effects. The designer drug industry is constantly changing, to elude laws restricting the sale of certain compounds. All of these can have dire health effects. So whether the company provides what it says it does is immaterial -- the product can still kill you. ...Read more
If it sounds 2 good: To be true it is likely a scam. Unless you had delayed puberty you (at 18)are done growing taller. Even hormone shots will not increase height when your growth centers close. An x-ray of your wrist/hand can tell if you have time to grow more. If possible. A good diet/proper rest and exercise will help you reach your genetic potential. The pills are crap. ...Read more
I doubt it: I did a brief web search & didn't see anything suggesting it was any better than placebo. A balanced diet high in vegetables (variety is key - lots of colors), nuts & legumes & healthy fats, with adequate fluids/sleep/exercise & limited bad health habits is tried & true - though not sexy nor a "magic bullet" nor nearly as expensive. Hope that helps. ...Read more
I'm considering buying the health and ancestry package from 23&Me. On a likely scale from 1-10, how much of a scam is this for health planning?
Not sure: Hi Willie, I don't know much about these DNA testing services so I can't provide an opinion. I personally haven't created treatment plans for patients based on information from any of these types of tests, I only take a standard verbal family history to give insight to genetics of a patient. Perhaps some other health tap doctors can weigh in. ...Read more
Any truth to growth enhancing pills or exercise programs on Net that claim they can help people grow, some up to 30 to even 45 years old or just scams
Hardly: Abdominoplasty is a major operation that removes excess skin and fat from the lower part of the abdomen and, more importantly, repositions the muscles of the abdominal wall in the midline. It generally takes about 3 hours and requires general anesthesia. It can be done as an outpatient or with a short hospitalization. It has all the risks of any major operation. Hardly a scam! ...Read more
I believe so: I'll defer to the allergists but this kind of "cytotoxic test" has been regarded as non-evidence-based for decades. Even astrology has its true-believers, so i'd simply caution you not to make decisions based on results. ...Read more
See below: Most new approaches are viewed with skepticism in the us, and the fda has not really fully studied acupuncture, and insurance companies rarely cover it. However, may work well with pain control and migraine headaches. Worthwhile having 3 or 4 sessions, and if it hasn't helped by then, unlikely to work well in future. ...Read more
Its Alternative: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". Be careful and watch your wallet. ...Read more
Absolutely not: These are extremely effective agents in reducing cardiovascular risks and are, imo, one of the greatest medical advances of the last 25 years. ...Read more
Is melarase am and pm cream a good cream? Are these scams? Would you recommend these to your patients?
What's your opinion on electric kegel exercisers? Scam or can they really help? I can't seem to get the hang of doing them on my own.
Variable: There is an fda approved device called neocontrol that we've used since 1999 with varying success. It uses a magnet, however. Neocontrol does strengthen the pelvic floor, gluteal and lower abdominal muscles. It can be effective if urinary incontinence is due to poor pelvic muscle tone. ...Read more
Not realy: Chiropractic therapy centres around the maintenance of appropriate movement of the spinal joints and optimizing biomechanics throughout the musculoskeletal system. If it is done for the write indications with the right people it could help. Thank you. ...Read more
You're right: Everybody needs a small amount of a few dozen chemical elements ("minerals") and about a dozen little organic molecules. Apart from vitamin d and iron, it is very hard to avoid getting plenty of these in a reasonable diet in the developed world. We see real vitamin deficiencies in child abuse, alcoholics on benders, and crackpot diets. A year's worth of vitamin/mineral pills should cost <$10. ...Read more
Blanket statement: I think you need to evaluate each herb and health supplement separately, plus each company that provides them. Medicinal herbs and dietary supplements are regulated as foods rather than as medicines, so you cannot assume the same research quality or quantity as pharmaceutical medications have supporting them. Calling all herbal and nutritional products a "scam, " though, is not appropriate. ...Read more